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Aren’t You PLAID It’s The Holidays?

 
One trend to definitely try this season is PLAID! With so many new ways to flaunt this bump flattering print, it’s easier than ever to feel comfy and stylish at the same time. Perfect for the holidays, wear plaid in a dress, tunic or accented in cute tops or sweaters. The options are endless!
 
Grab your favorite plaid pieces now at ShopPinkBlush.com for a festive ready look.

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Achieving A More Comfortable Night’s Sleep

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We already know that once you reach a certain point in pregnancy sleep becomes a challenge. So the last thing you want is sleepwear that adds to the discomfort. The following styles will provide you with comfort to provide a better night’s sleep, style to keep you feeling your best but will also give you the convenience of being able to nurse your baby. So say so long to the nights of hot flashes, itchy pajamas and unflattering styles.

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The Big Reveal!

We are quickly approaching our 20 week mark and could not be more excited to finally learn the sex of baby #2! So naturally it’s time to search for the perfect dress to make the big announcement in. With so many beautiful options of maternity dresses it was hard to narrow down my top picks. Here’s my favorite four and why they would be perfect for your upcoming gender reveal!

#1: White Garden 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Maternity/Nursing Maxi Dress

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Ok, I am loving this maxi for so many reasons. I love the even amount of both blue and pink within the floral accent which is perfect whether it ends up being a boy or girl. The wrap detailing will give any body shape a flattering fit and it’s perfect for transitioning once baby is here making it the perfect nursing dress!

#2: Basic White Chiffon Maternity Dress

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What I like about this dress is how simple it is. Perfect for warmer climates you will stay cool and comfy and look fabulous. With a tie detail it allows you to adjust the fit to make it more form fitting or flowy. Add a colored sash around the waste to make this a stunning option for your reveal. It can also be worn after baby too!

#3: Mint Green Floral Chiffon Maternity Dress

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Probably our most favorite maternity dress of all time here at PinkBlush, this dress is just timeless. From the flattering baby doll waste to the elegant floral design and feminine colors, you just can’t go wrong with this option for your announcement.

#4: Aqua Damask Bottom Maternity Maxi Dress

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This maternity dress just screams FUN! For the more outgoing mom-to-be the bright colors and damask design will surely make a statement! I am in love with the flattering cinched waist line and let me tell you, this dress is so comfortable. Fabulous option!

These are just a few dress options for a gender reveal to find more stunning choices head over to PinkBlushMaternity.com! Check back to see what dress I ended up going with and if baby #2 is a boy or girl! Share you gender reveal photos with us now at media@pinkblushmaternity.com!

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Baby Showers: Who, When, What to Wear & Your Registry

Baby’s on its way so it’s time to celebrate! In most countries, family and friends get together to shower the soon-to-be mother with presents to celebrate mother and child and welcome the women’s journey into motherhood. From showers for a first time mother, to a sprinkles party for a second time mother, a co-ed shower, or even a sip and see. These days anything goes.

First, determine who will plan the shower. It can be anyone from family, friends to a co-worker. Though you can host your own shower, it’s still considered unusual.  Generally either a sister, mother-in-law, or the guest of honor’s mother will host or co-host the event.

There has been much debate as to when the baby shower should be held. Rule of thumb says between when the mother to be is 6-8 months. Some say definitely later so that the pregnancy can be well along but others say the earlier the better to insure baby will not make an early appearance. Personally I had my baby shower when I was 6 months. I felt well enough to attend and I felt beautiful because I wasn’t super huge yet but everyone is different and you should make sure the date works best for the mother to be. Also, take in consideration if people need to travel, providing plenty of notice in advance for travel arrangements.

Once a date is set, the real planning will begin. The theme should delight the guest of honor and represent the style and taste of the expectant mother. There is no rule stating that the colors must be strictly pastel so go wild and have fun, all within reason of course. You want to make sure the mother to be will love her shower and enjoy herself at the same time. Pregnancy can be emotional and you want her to feel pampered and special during this important day.

Guest in attendance will range from family and friends of the expecting mother’s family to the family and friends of the soon to be father! Sometimes if decided, even the father and his friends will also attend the baby shower. You will want to make sure all of the expecting mother’s closest friends are also invited. Having her write a list and provide addresses for everyone she would like to see attend is always a great idea in order to insure no one is left out.

Now the fun part, when preparing for your shower you will accumulate a list of needs and wants for when baby has made their arrival. This is called your registry. From personal experience, I would recommend reaching out to friends and family who have had children and ask them what you will really need. I pinned and googled and found a number of items which I included in my list or was dead set on thinking I needed and in the end I didn’t use half of it. To insure you get what you really need for baby, asking other mothers will provide you with a list of the necessities. People will also send gigts you may have not necessarily registered for but you will come to realize you ended up needing! Registering with your partner can become a bonding experience making it more real that soon your party of two will be a party of three!

Last but not least, your dress! Its super important you feel beautiful and comfortable at the same time. You may choose to go with a solid dress or a bold print to compliment your theme. Whichever the case, if you’re looking for the perfect dress, PinkBlush Maternity has you covered. Shop our exclusive collection of Maternity Dresses specifically designed for Baby Showers!! This moment will be documented by tons of photos so make sure the dress you say yes to, is one you absolutely love and will love forever.

When you shower date finally arrives, relax and enjoy.  Have fun participating in baby themed games and fill up on delicious food and sweet treats. Remember to get tons of photos of all your guests and appoint a close friend or family member to write down gifts along with the name of the person who brought it so you may send out thank you cards. It’s always also a nice gesture to send your hosts a thank you card, small gift or flowers to thank them for planning what you will always remember as the perfect shower.

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To share your baby shower and the PinkBlush dress you choose, please email media@pinkblushmaternity.com!

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Sweet Ol’ Second Trimester

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I cannot begin to compare how different my current pregnancy has been from when I was pregnant with my son, Graham. Has karma come back to get me because my first pregnancy was so easy and so enjoyable?? Thus far, this pregnancy has been anything but easy to say the least. First trimester for me was filled with horrible migraines, uncontrollable morning sickness and exhaustion that will defeat any idea you may have had in hopes of being productive that day. And did I mention I have a three year old toddler? Let me clarify, an active, on the go, toddler. So as you can see my first trimester was quite a difficult feat, but there is sun light at the end of the tunnel. We have finally made it to the second trimester and with that I have begun to find my balance once again. Sound the happy dance music!

Second trimester for most is when you’ll most enjoy your pregnancy. At this stage you are showing but not enough to where you’ve become to waddle and have lost sight of your toes. You can still wear your pre-pregnancy clothes but for me, I was wearing maternity clothes very early on. With this pregnancy I began showing almost immediately, which was good and bad. Good because I could wear maternity dresses every day which really kept my comfortable level on point but bad because here in Chicago it’s like 90 degrees and humid as heck and to cool off we generally will go to the lake and at this stage it’s like is she pregnant or just fat? Um I am pregnant people, now where’s my ice cream?!?

So now on to the good part about welcoming your second trimester! Let’s all say it together ENERGY, yes ladies, it does come back! I am still battling morning sickness but it’s so nice to wake up and feel somewhat normal. I can feel my train of thought start to straighten out and my list of to-do’s dwindle down as I am able to accomplish more and more each day. This is a huge success for a mom to be with a toddler. Another bonus, I am finally getting my appetite back! No longer are the days, well full days of being too nauseous to eat. I still start my morning with a juice before I get out of bed to ease the morning sickness but now I am able to fit in breakfast between my morning routine and by lunch it’s a go for grubbing! Now when I was pregnant with my son I had just lost 30lbs because my husband and I were married 4 months before we got pregnant so the total weight I gained with my son was only 20lbs. With this pregnancy I’ve started out already 20lbs heavier so this time around I have to be more mindful of making my meal options healthy and try and stay clear of sweet cravings. My OBGYN mentioned that generally you gain the same amount you did with the first but so far I have been weighting about the same not having gained or lost which I think is part to the morning sickness and just really not being able to eat. However, as with my first exercise was a part of my daily routine so I will be adding that soon, most likely during nap time as it may be challenging to work out with my son.  Do you have tips for working out while pregnant in your second trimester? We’d love to hear them, email them now to media@pinkblushmaterntiy.com!

(Fun side note: Cravings 1st Pregnancy vs 2nd:  With my son all I wanted was authentic bean and cheese burritos with lots of onions and hot wings! This pregnancy I am obsessed with sushi (cooked of course), crispy chicken strips and subway sandwiches. What are you craving?)

Sleep at this point has been manageable. I am a huge tummy sleeper so that’s been something I’ve had to adjust too. One thing that’s constant for me with pregnancy is that my feet get very achy by the end of the day and even if it’s super cold in our room my feet will be the one thing that will be on fire.  So that’s been annoying and uncomfortable. Looking forward to purchasing a pregnancy pillow very soon, last time I just bought a body pillow but this time around I think I ’am going to invest in an actual pregnancy pillow from either Snoogle or Boppy. My Boppy was a huge lifesaver for breastfeeding and will be on my baby list again!

Exciting things to look forward to in your second trimester has got to be finding out the baby’s gender hands down. What’s weird this time is that I am really torn down the middle as to if we are having a boy or girl. I just knew with our first but this time I really have no idea. Part of me feels it’s sort of a defense since we would really love a baby girl so I am not getting my hopes up and of course we would be blessed beyond belief to have either a girl or boy but you can dream right? At 14 weeks we still have about 6 more weeks until we find out the gender. Both of our families are so excited in hoping it will be a girl so we’ve decided to do a gender reveal to up the anticipation! This was not really a thing when we had our son but in the 3 years since gender reveals have become a huge moment shared! It’s actually exciting to know we will not find out until our entire family finds out as well, and it’s been fun pinning around for ideas of how to make the big announcement. And of course I will have to have a PinkBlush Maternity dress for the reveal so stay posted for what dress I picked and how we decided to share the news!

All in all, it’s crazy what your body can do when you are making a baby. It’s incredible and once you’ve past the sickness part, if you’re lucky, you will really begin to enjoy the journey. Remember embrace the glow and we’ll see you at our next update!

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Guest Blogger: Alyssa Britson

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Alyssa Britson, totally relatable, somewhat crunchy mom; wife; writer; and voice of the relativeredhead blog

Mooresville, North Carolina

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Packing For the Perfect Staycation

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Planning the perfect staycation or a weekend away before baby comes? Let us help you pack your suitcase with these easy head-to-toe looks that will help you travel in style

The Essentials

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Tees & Tanks:

Dont leave home with several soft, comfortable t-shirts that you can wear literally with anything! Especially when the last thing you want to be is uncomfortable tees & tanks can be your saving grace.

Destination Dresses:

From floral sundresses to flowy maxis these maxis are our favorite, most packable dresses to take you to day to night.

Flirty and Fun Must-Haves

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Shorts:

She wears short shorts! Um if you can pull it off, you go girl. For the rest of us here are our must-haves that will have your bottom half covered.

Flowy tops: 

Take these ideal tops with you wherever your day takes you. From a casual day enjoying the sights to date night at a local hot spot, these tops are breezy and beautiful!

The Finishing Touches

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Sun Hats

The perfect accessory to keep you out of the heat. Try adding a maxi dress and sandals for a complete chic getaway look.

Vacation Ready Sandals:

Make a statement with vibrant sandals and keep those summer vibes all the way down to your toes!

Sunglasses:

Chic looks you can wear for every outdoor occasion.

Go-Anywhere tote

This all-day every-day tote will hold all of you vacation essentials.

 

So now that you’re packed, it’s time to hit the road in style… And don’t forget, for more cute maternity clothes make sure you head to PinkBlushMaternity.com and shop this season’s bump worthy styles.

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Style Tips for the Nursing Momma

Hi PinkBlush friends! I’m Lisa, mother of two little girls, Maven (2) and Sylvie (7 months). You can find me utilizing my passions and talents over at In Wild Hearts where I share all things related to motherhood, health, hospitality and style. I love, love, love sharing my experiences with others and so I’m excited to share some of my style tips to all you nursing mommas {or soon-to-be nursing mommas} out there!

Let’s face it. By this point, you have transitioned your wardrobe from hiding an early pregnancy to embracing your growing bump to featuring your beautiful bump to finding anything that fits, all the while trying to simultaneously focus on comfort and style. You think you’re in the clear once your little bundle of joy arrives, but wait! You’re now a nursing mother. You now need comfort, style and easy access.

Cue, In Wild Heart’s go-to wardrobe items for the nursing momma. These three tips have helped me re-organize my closet and provided ease of outfit selection even on my most demanding of days. These may seem simple, but you’d be surprised at how many items you go to grab in your closet that just.won’t.work. how you used to wear them.

 

TIP #1: Two piece outfits.

This may seem simple, but you’ll remember me when you go to grab that cute dress or romper in your closet and realize that it isn’t entirely feasible to wear. Think of this tip as always having a top and a bottom: a tank and jeans, a t-shirt and skirt or a summer sweater with shorts. While in these outfits, mommas can then easily lift their top layer without having to entirely undress to nurse (or pump!), a huge benefit while out-and-about or even just pumping on a break at work.

 

TIP #2: Dresses that fit loosely on top, preferably with long straps and stretchy fabric.

I wasn’t able to completely turn my wardrobe over into two-piece ensembles. And even if I could, I would likely get tired of wearing the same old, same old day after day. I do like to wear a lot of dresses. They are simple, easy, comfortable and make me feel put together even on days when I have zero time to get ready. Dresses, however, have their challenges; They aren’t all designed with the nursing mother in mind (high necklines, button or zipper up the back, etc.). I now seek out dresses that fit loosely on top, have long straps and/or stretchy fabric, so that pulling down for nursing access does not ruin the integrity of the dress. {You wouldn’t want to look like you had a stretched out neck on the top hemline!}

 

TIP #3: Camisoles.

Wearing camisoles under all of my shirts has been a comfort and a lifesaver to me. As I am always on-the-go, I’m often nursing in not-super-private locations, therefore I want to be protected and not allow for any indecent exposure! By having a camisole under my tops, I’m able to lift for baby access and have my body remain covered. I never feel as though I may expose my body to others in public. Camisoles are most often made of a giving materials, so stretching down has not ruined any of these in my experience. PinkBlush has some great cami options. The investment for this wardrobe staple is small in exchange for the return of comfort and protection!

 

That’s it! That’s all! It’s simple. And PinkBlush maternity clothing and women’s clothing makes it SO easy and affordable to select stylish post-partum options, or even just transition your maternity wear into the next chapter of your life. You’ll feel beautiful all the while being practical. The best of both worlds!

These days it’s so important for me to select clothing that can handle keeping up with my toddler while carrying or baby-wearing my littlest and have the ability to nurse on the fly. {Literally, anywhere we may be!} While I’ve invested in a good nursing cover, I always feel more confident and comfortable when I’m wearing the right pieces in my wardrobe. I’ve found I don’t have to sacrifice style, just tweak my wardrobe a little, to fit my nursing-mom life. Thanks PinkBlush trendy maternity clothes for making that easy to do! And special thanks to RJ Imagery for the lovely talent and beautiful photographs!

 

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For more inspiration along your motherhood journey, make sure to check out my blog or find me on Instagram @lisa.boettcher.

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Guest Blogger @amyepeters

Amy Peters, mom of two boys Avery 2.5 and Archer 6 months.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

My decision to breastfeed my babies was a bit of a no brainer, it’s free, no bottles to clean/sanitize, you don’t need space to prepare a bottle, and breast milk is the perfect temperature, the right balance of everything a baby needs, and it is ready in a moments notice.

I breastfed my first, Avery, until 16 months. It was bittersweet when our breastfeeding journey came to an end. Part of me was happy to get my body back but the bigger part of me was sad that this special time we we had together was going to change. No one else shared what we did during our nursing sessions. It makes my heart full when I think about our ups and downs of exclusively breastfeeding. From a boy who only wanted his mom to sooth or feed him, to sore nipples, to infections. And here I am joyfully doing it all over again with my 6 month old son Archer.

Every woman’s journey through breastfeeding is different and I can say that I thought the second time round was going to be easier. I was quite surprised one week in. Even as a second time mom, I felt sore nipples, engorged breasts and an extremely painful letdown. There was a voice in my head that said -‘it’s no wonder some moms give up or decide not to breastfeed.’ It really does not come easily for all us. I was determined and stubbron. Fortunately by around the time Archer was 2 weeks old, things seemed to regulate themselves. No more sore nipples, engorged breasts and that painful letdown had disappeared {thank goodness!} I can wholeheartedly say it wasn’t easy. Most days I consider myself to be a pretty tough chick but I really did have a hard couple weeks with those feedings.

For me I value and cherish my time spent breastfeeding. This is one thing that only I can provide to my babies. It’s so special. There is something so tender, loving, and venerable about breastfeeding. This bond I’ve shared with my boys is pretty incredible. Skin to skin, eye to eye, and lots of hand holding. These are the days I always want to remember.

 

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*Love Amy’s Nursing Robe? Find your print here! – PinkBlush*

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Well Here We Go…

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Knock, Knock… Just a second! Heart races, Knock, Knock… Almost done! Story of my life every time I try to use the restroom as my 2 year old son impatiently waits outside. However, this bathroom break was a bit different, as I walked out of the bathroom our little family’s life changed. My pregnancy test revealed we were expecting, SURPRISE!

I could barely stop crying long enough to facetime my husband, who was currently at work and now hiding in a bathroom stall as I turned the camera around to show a positive pregnancy test! With our son, I was able to wait long enough for him to come home but this time I just couldn’t contain myself, I had to tell him we’d been blessed with another baby!

It’s been almost three years since I was last pregnant and they say you forget about labor but to be honest I forgot how much the first trimester honestly sucks and I guess that is why at first I didn’t think I was pregnant. I remember feeling tired with my son and I had so much ache it was insane! But so far, I can barely keep my eyes open and when I say I feel bloated, let me clarify, I feel like a massive whale. I’ve also have been incredibly hungry, not naturally I thought I was PMSing, wrong!

So now that my nerves have calmed down, I’ve made my doctor’s appointment, which has been quite an adventure in itself, we recently relocated from California to Illinois and having to find a OBGYN out here is so different.  A lot of the practices out here will have you see multiple doctors as they want you to be familiar with each doctor in case your doctor is not on call at the time of your delivery. Which I get but me personally I really felt more comfortable when I knew my doctor that I saw my whole pregnancy was going to deliver my son, so we will see how that goes. When you first find out your expecting the doctor will wait until you are around your 8th week for your first appointment and ultra sound. So I cannot wait to see actually how far along we are and when our due date will be. My son was a summer baby and this time around baby #2 will most likely be a winter baby!

At this stage, even though I am still pretty early along, nothing is fitting like normal. Like I said previously, I am extremely bloated, I feel like I am already showing which is not the case but with this pregnancy I am ready to wear maternity clothes earlier on! So of course, I have already been making purchases from PinkBlush, my go to for everything maternity and beyond! Right now anything flowly to hide the bloating and sleeveless and light weight has been my go to since it’s so humid and hot here in Illinois. I am obsessed with our entire line of summer maternity dresses! I feel like this time around I will be able to dress cuter because I know exactly what works for me and what doesn’t and I know everything will also work for after baby as well! I am currently living in our Yellow Floral Fitted Maternity Dress, such a cute print for summer and I love how the rouche hides my bloated tummy and the length is perfect. Other first trimester must haves that I plan on purchasing soon are Our Basic Hi-Low Dresses and our Solid Cross Back Dresses, they are perfect for that is she or isn’t she stage, you know when you’re not showing yet but hey I am not fat, just pregnant phase!

Stay tuned for my next bump update, I truly feel pregnancy is such an incredible experience and cannot wait to share our journey with you. Follow and shop along as I share my trimester by trimester style tips and maternity favorites from PinkBlush! Remember you can still be stylish and trendy during pregnancy so glow on mamas!

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